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Losing Control

Losing Control

Global Security in the Twenty-first Century

Paul Rogers

New, updated edition of the bestselling book that predicted post-9/11 global insecurity

'Outstanding ... combines a glimpse behind the security screens with a sharp analysis of the real global insecurities - growing inequality and unsustainability' - New Internationalist

Written in the late 1990s, Losing Control was years, if not decades, ahead of its time, predicting the 9/11 attacks, a seemingly endless war on terror and the relentless increase in revolts from the margins and bitter opposition to wealthy elites.

Now, more than two decades later and in an era of pandemics, climate breakdown and potential further military activity in the Middle East, Asia and Africa, Paul Rogers has revised and expanded the original analysis, pointing to the 2030s and '40s as the decades that will see a showdown between a bitter, environmentally wrecked and deeply insecure world and a possible world order rooted in justice and peace.

Paul Rogers is Emeritus Professor of Peace Studies at Bradford University and International Security Advisor to Open Democracy.

'No other book sets out so comprehensively the dangers attached to military security - described as 'unsustainable and self-defeating' - when fundamental rethinking about the real solutions to global insecurity is crucial' - Bruce Kent, Vice-President of the CND

'Outstanding ... combines a glimpse behind the security screens with a sharp analysis of the real global insecurities - growing inequality and unsustainability' - 'New Internationalist'

'Paul Rogers is one of those dangerous people who can change your mind' - Rear Admiral Richard Cobbold, CB, FRAeS, Former Director, Royal United Services Institution for Defence Studies

'A highly respected academic, absolutely committed to grassroots change' - 'Peace News'

'This fourth edition more clearly than ever demonstrates the connections between the neoliberal economy, environmental degradation and the false assumptions of security as a state rather than human-centred problem. This book makes the argument with clarity for a total rethink of how we live together' - Jenny Pearce, Research Professor at the Latin America and Caribbean Centre, London School of Economics

'With a magisterial overview of the last half century, this book offers a prophetic yet ultimately hopeful political and social challenge: to re-think economics, the environment and security for the sake of future generations. A compelling read, it is bold and realistic, principled and pragmatic' - The Rt Revd Nicholas Baines, Bishop of Leeds

'Paul Rogers tells it as it is. If you want to really understand the global security challenges we face, then read this book. His analysis is an urgent call to act against rampant inequalities, the diffusion of violence, ecological crisis, and the militarism that underpins a security paradigm of elite control' - Nick Ritchie, Senior Lecturer, Department of Politics, University of York

'For twenty years now, the four editions of Losing Control have been analysing how the economic, environmental and security paradigms that dominate world politics have become increasingly brittle. Paul Rogers writes with realism, radicalism and, ultimately, with optimism' - Michael Clarke, Distinguished Fellow at the Royal United Services Institute, UK

'A passionate, personal and, above all, thought-provoking case for a fundamental rethink of international security in the 21st century. I would strongly recommend this book to new students of security and international affairs' - Malcolm Chalmers, Deputy Director-General of Royal United Services Institute, UK

Preface
Abbreviations
1. A Violent Peace
2. Cold War Lessons
3. Taming the Jungle
4. An Alternative Perspective
5. Losing Control
6. A War-Promoting Hydra
7. The Thirty-Year War
8. ISIS and After
9. Lost Decade
10. Future Possible
Notes
Bibliography
Index
Published by Pluto Press in Jul 2021
Paperback ISBN: 9780745343679
Hardcover ISBN: 9780745343686
eBook ISBN: 9780745343747

336 pages

135mm x 215mm